In the Digital Age, the Art of Conversation

In the Digital Age, the Art of Conversation

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With the introduction of modern modes of communication such as text messaging, instant messaging, and email, the art of conversation has fundamentally transformed. To have a discussion, you no longer need to be in the same room as the other person. However, you will need to master certain new abilities in order to have a discussion using technological means of communication such as these.

There are a few characteristics of electronic communication that set it apart:

1) Chat response time

2) Relatively simple to use

3) Affordability

Electronic communication is quite beneficial. For example, I could be stuck in traffic and need to notify the individuals I’m meeting that I’ll be late for the meeting. In such situations, I might use my trusty smartphone to SMS one of the persons involved and reschedule the meeting for a later date. I may also attach a document to an email message and fill in the email addresses of numerous recipients if I have a document that I want different individuals in an organization to see. The many recipients of my message will be able to receive, read, and act on that common email in seconds. Electronic communication saves time that would otherwise be spent having a conventional discussion, allowing you to be more productive. And, because it is less expensive than other forms of communication (such as mailing a letter by conventional mail), the bottom line should be taken care of.

However, there are several drawbacks to relying on technological communication. For example, a remark made by text may be understood differently from a statement made face to face. This is due to the lack of nonverbal indicators and facial expressions that help us decipher meaning in a text message. A beginner to text or email etiquette may mistakenly use all capitals in his message, not realising that in the electronic communication world, using all caps is the equal of yelling. The newbie can also try to use smileys or emoticons incorrectly, causing the receiver to be confused. Communication can also be muddled by poor spelling and mistakes.

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How might electronic communication be made to be less prone to miscommunication? Here are a few ideas:

1. Carefully read the message that has been delivered to you. Bring any concerns you have to the sender’s attention.

2. Avoid using all capital letters in your communication. If someone sends you a message in all caps, politely warn him that in the world of electronic communication, employing all caps is viewed as yelling.

3. Learn how to utilize emoticons and smileys correctly. They have the ability to brighten someone’s day when utilized correctly. You might ruin a perfectly excellent friendship if you use it incorrectly.

4. If you use text jargon, be sure the other party understands your shortcuts. Many people change the way they spell words in email and text, only to discover that the other party does not comprehend them. When it comes to length, there are situations when more is absolutely better.

5. If you’re sending an email to someone, utilize a tool that spell-checks your text for you. For example, you may be working on a document in a word processing application that will be attached to an email later. In this example, taking the time to spell check will significantly reduce the number of miscommunications.

6. If you are unfamiliar with the communication technology you will be utilizing, it will be good to have an experienced individual educate you the basics of the technology first. This makes it more convenient for you to utilize.

You may practise the art of conversation even through technological forms of communication if you follow these recommendations.



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